Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, weak and wounded sick and sore.
Jesus ready stands to save you, full of pity love and pow’r.
I will arise and go to Jesus, He will embrace me in His arms.
In the arms of my dear Savior, O, there are ten thousand charms.
Come, ye thirsty, come and welcome. God’s free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance, every grace that brings you nigh.
Let not conscience make you linger, Nor of fitness fondly dream.
All the fitness He requireth is to find your need of Him.
Come, ye weary, heavy laden, Lost and ruined by the fall.
If you tarry till you’re better; You will never come at all.
(by Joseph Hart 1759)
I should have included this song in my last post. When my voice returns I will try and record an audio version to be added here. There is a modern/new tune, but I prefer the old one.
I’ve been struggling the last few weeks. It started as a cold that wouldn’t go away and when the coughing overstayed its welcome I took myself to the doctor. Bronchitis was diagnosed and antibiotics were prescribed. I thought that was that and dutifully took my medicine and proceeded on my way. A couple weeks later my cough was sneaking back and there was no more medicine to take. I called the doctor’s office and they prescribed something stronger. It remains to be seen if this medicine will be effective, but I got a bit of a shock when I read through the three pages of warnings and possible side effects. I suddenly was afraid I would die in my sleep, if I could get to sleep.
But my biggest problem isn’t bronchitis. My biggest problem is sin. Like the paralytic in Mark 2 whose friends bring him to Jesus, tearing up the roof to get him there, Jesus first words to him were…”Your sins are forgiven”. It wasn’t that Jesus was overlooking the obvious (his physical condition). It was that Jesus saw his most pressing need as the need of his soul, the need to have his sins forgiven. The man didn’t get his life cleaned up before he came. He came sick and helpless. Jesus knew his most pressing need was his soul and almost as an afterthought he heals his body as well.
And so as I wait for the bronchitis cure to take effect I have to think of a more effective cure that has already been applied, one of eternal value. I can’t earn or work for it. I don’t deserve this cure and yet it is freely offered to me and to anyone who will apply the finished work of Christ to his life. Jesus did what I couldn’t. He died so I wouldn’t have to. He gave up His inheritance so I could inherit. How could I help but love such a God.